Information Available From the Clerk's Office
(The Clerk's staff does not know the answer
to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices.
They have been instructed not to answer questions if they
do not know the correct answer)
Clerk's staff can provide:
Court-approved forms on some proceedings.
Some pattern forms are available for purchase in the office.
(Domestic and Custody forms. Others may be obtained at
a bookstore, the Internet, or library).
The status of a specific case, unless the
case is sealed b. (not available for public inspection
because of state law or judge's decision)
The court's file on specific cases, unless
the case is sealed from the public.
Court schedules and information on how to
get matters scheduled.
The Court Facilitator can help clients with
filing of paperwork on Domestic and Custody cases.
Staff can show clients the State law index
and Court Rules for research.
Clerk's staff cannot give legal advice according
to the laws of the State of Washington.
- Staff cannot give advice about whether a case should be
filed, or what action should be taken.
- Staff cannot fill out people's forms; tell them what forms
to use or what words to put on a form.
- Staff cannot advise people what to say in court.
- Staff cannot speculate on what decision the judge might
- Staff must remain impartial. They do not take sides in any
matter coming before the court.
- Staff cannot recommend an attorney to anyone.
COURTROOM PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOL
- Arrive at the Courthouse 15 minutes early so that you can
locate the proper courtroom. The list of cases is usually
posted in the hallway by the main courtroom. If you cannot
find your case, ask in the Clerk's Office.
- Dress appropriately. No hats are allowed in the courtroom.
- Food or drinks are not allowed.
- Weapons of any kind are not allowed in the courthouse.
- The courtroom is not an appropriate place for children.
Please arrange for someone to watch them while you are in
- Review your paperwork before your hearing. Make sure it
is all in order. The Clerk's office cannot help you with this.
- Be courteous and respectful at all times with the Court.